The Life and Death of Planet Earth: How the New Science of Astrobiology Charts the Ultimate Fate of Our World

Peter D. Ward Donald Brownlee

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The Life and Death of Planet Earth: How the New Science of Astrobiology Charts the Ultimate Fate of Our World

The Life and Death of Planet Earth How the New Science of Astrobiology Charts the Ultimate Fate of Our World They deftly bring together findings from many disparate areas of science in a book that science buffs will find hard to put down Publishers WeeklyScience has worked hard to piece together the story of

  • Title: The Life and Death of Planet Earth: How the New Science of Astrobiology Charts the Ultimate Fate of Our World
  • Author: Peter D. Ward Donald Brownlee
  • ISBN: 9780805075120
  • Page: 138
  • Format: Paperback
  • They deftly bring together findings from many disparate areas of science in a book that science buffs will find hard to put down Publishers WeeklyScience has worked hard to piece together the story of the evolution of our world up to this point, but only recently have we developed the understanding and the tools to describe the entire life cycle of our planet Peter D They deftly bring together findings from many disparate areas of science in a book that science buffs will find hard to put down Publishers WeeklyScience has worked hard to piece together the story of the evolution of our world up to this point, but only recently have we developed the understanding and the tools to describe the entire life cycle of our planet Peter D Ward and Donald Brownlee, a geologist and an astronomer respectively, are in the vanguard of the new field of astrobiology Combining their knowledge of how the critical sustaining systems of our planet evolve through time with their understanding of how stars and solar systems grow and change throughout their own life cycles, the authors tell the story of the second half of Earth s life In this masterful melding of groundbreaking research and captivating, eloquent science writing, Ward and Brownlee provide a comprehensive portrait of Earth s life cycle that allows us to understand and appreciate how the planet sustains itself today, and offers us a glimpse of our place in the cosmic order.

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    One thought on “The Life and Death of Planet Earth: How the New Science of Astrobiology Charts the Ultimate Fate of Our World

    1. Jose Moa on said:

      There are many books that tell the history of the earth from its formation to today but few that tell the future of our planet to its end.Peter Ward and Donal Brownlee a paleontologist an an astronomer ,and authors of the grounbreaking book Rare Earth,write a excelent popular book,where they tell the histhory of our planet fom the beguining to the end;after a bief great short part where explains the evolution of earth from its formation to today,the says the following in brief:that the actual ic [...]

    2. Lisa on said:

      Not impressed. Some of the ideas proposed may be good, and certainly the broad outline of the book- that at some point, life will no longer be sustainable on Earth as even planets and stars have a 'life expectancy'- is certainly correct. But as ever, the devil is in the details. I picked up the book because it caught my eye at the library and I was curious. I should have checked the publication date first- parts of the book are already out of date, given the new discoveries being made on a regul [...]

    3. Esmeralda Rupp-Spangle on said:

      I've read a few other of Peter Ward's books, but not one with a coauthor, and I think in this case it was of a huge benefit to him. This book is the sort of thing I save for a day where the crushing monotony of petty irritations really get to me, and I need some perspective. It helps to think about the world in a frame we don't have the opportunity to every day, and I personally find it mentally cleansing to ponder. The science in here is good, the writing is really good, and the storytelling se [...]

    4. Yael on said:

      Has the Earth been here forever? Will it always be here? Has it always been the way we experience it now, and will it always remain that way? Peter D. Ward and Donald Brownless address these questions in The Life and Death of Planet Earth, and the answers they give are both fascinating and disturbing.No, the Earth has not always been as it is now. In fact, over its 4.6-billion year old history it has gone through many changes, some of them extreme, leading to great mass extinctions. Nor will it [...]

    5. Ilya on said:

      This book says that there is a negative feedback cycle involving plate tectonics, marine organisms, calcium and carbon dioxide that reduces the atmospheric greenhouse effect as the Sun get brighter over billions of years (the presently happening anthropogenic increase is a mere blip that will last as long as the fossil fuels, which is to say negligible time on this scale). When it's done, there won't be enough carbon dioxide in Earth's atmosphere to support plants. Animals can live without plant [...]

    6. Michael on said:

      This book was not meant for me. I am already clutching my head often thanks to the excess wordage and simplified explanations. Thankfully, the core material (the eventual destruction of our planet) is still interesting. I am also glad that the authors chose to postpone talk of terraforming or moving to other planets until the end, as that would have distracted from the primary message of the book.EDIT: It became less fluffy toward the end and thus I starred it anew. Although, I have to say, the [...]

    7. Jason Martin on said:

      A wonderful journey across the 10+ billion year life of our star and our own planet. The authors posit a scientifically sound resolution to our pale blue dot and our own inevitable demise. The best science fiction seems unimaginative compared to the finale of this book! Highly recommended to the scientfically curious and the forward thinking dreamers.

    8. Joe on said:

      Great book but such a downer! Well, maybe not a downer but completely sobering.As someone very familar with astrophysics but almost completely ignorant of geology and paleantology, I found this to be an excellent marriage of several disciplines. All hail, our future stromatalite overlords!

    9. Pablo Stafforini on said:

      One-sentence summary: Life on Earth has already peaked, and has begun its inexorable process of decay. Our planet will be devoid of all but the simplest organisms in about 500 million years.

    10. Tapani Aulu on said:

      Perusteos joka antaa hyvän pohjan astrobiologiaan. Todella selkeä yleiskielinen opus, jonka lukee parissa tunnissa.

    11. Stephen Palmer on said:

      Essential reading! This one has inspired me on numerous occasions

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